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The Construction History Society of America is holding a 2017 meeting in Seattle.  The event, which will be hosted by the UW’s Departments of Construction Management, Architecture, and the College of Built Environments will focus on “Construction History on the Frontier,” and will take place from July 20-22.  The keynote speakers are slated to be:  Jeffrey Ochsner (University of Washington), Mike Lombardi (The Boeing Company), Knute Berger (Crosscut) and Jon Magnusson (MKA Magnusson Klemencic Associates).

For more on CHSA and details of the Seattle meeting as they develop, go to http://www.constructionhistorysociety.org/.

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Spaceneedle at night.  Photo by Dave Pinyerd.

Space Needle at night. Photo by Dave Pinyerd.

In San Francisco in 1954, Elliot A. P. Evans called the organizing meeting of the Pacific Section of the Society of Architectural Historians to order.  Over the years the group would sort itself into three different branches, including Southern and Northern California Chapters as well as the Marion Dean Ross (Pacific Northwest) Chapter. Therefore, 2014 marks our 60th Anniversary and close to our 60th annual conference (there appears to have been a few rare “lapses in chapter activity” according to Elisabeth Walton Potter’s history, Scholars and Sightseers).  To celebrate this milestone, the SAH MDR Board and Conference Committee have organized a meeting in Seattle, Washington with three days of eclectic activity and scholarship.  Slated for October 3-5, the overall theme of the event is Museums: Building Collections, Building Community.

We based our theme on the recent explosion of museums devoted to history operating in historic buildings in Seattle and will therefore offer behind the scenes tours of the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), the Wing Luke Museum, the Klondike Gold Rush Museum and the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum.  Our paper sessions have been expanded from our usual six presentations to nine, due to the excellent quality of submissions.  There will be an opening presentation by Michael Sullivan of Artifacts Consulting on Puget Sound’s Maritime Heritage delivered on board the 1922 Virginia V (docked, for those of you prone to sea sickness) and a keynote by Anthony Belluschi on preserving and sharing the legacy of his father, architect Pietro Belluschi.  Those of you yearning for some landscape after all of Seattle’s hardscapes will enjoy an outing to the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island.

We look forward to seeing you all in October!

The full program including a registration form is available here or at our website www.sahmdr.org.  Online registration with a credit card is available through Eventbrite.

 

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